RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A collegiate football all-star game is making a comeback and will call Raleigh home.
The Hula Bowl will be played at N.C. State’s Carter-Finely Stadium starting in January 2018.
The bowl’s first game in Raleigh will make its 72nd anniversary.
“North Carolina is proud to welcome the return of the Hula Bowl,” said Gov. Pat McCrory. “Players, coaches and fans will enjoy first-hand the warm Southern hospitality and enthusiasm for college sports that are the hallmarks of our great state.”
The Hula Bowl was first established in 1946 as the Hula Bowl All-Star Football Classic but stopped being played in 2008 due to the Great Recession.
“In reintroducing the historic Hula Bowl, an East vs. West classic, we decided to name a new East Coast home for the all-star classic. After an extensive search, we discovered that Raleigh and the Triangle region is the natural choice with storied collegiate traditions and enthusiastic fans—eager to welcome the Hula Bowl to its new East Coast home in January 2018,” said Jennifer Logan, Owner of Hula Bowl, LLC.
The game will rotate between played in Raleigh and Hawaii.
Hula Bowl MVPs include Larry Csonka, Anthony Dilweg, Mike Ditka, Tony Dorsett, Dan Marino, Merlin Olsen, Jim Plunkett, Deion Sanders, Billy Sims, and Fran Tarkenton.
Other noteable players have been Eric Crouch, Tony Dorsett, Jim Plunkett, Ricky Williams, and Danny Wuerffel.